Telecom Department and Internet Association in India summoned to court related to regulating control online

27 Mar 2019

The Madras high court in India, has summoned Department of Telecom (DOT) and Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) by 8 April,  for failing to respond to a case related to regulating internet use and access of children. The court also mentioned that governments and ISPs have a crucial role to protect children online and raise awareness about parental control software.The petition filed by Mr S Vijayakumar calls for ISPs to set up an ISP level filter  “parental window” for protecting children online.

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Cybersecurity is among the main concerns of governments, Internet users, technical and business communities. Cyberthreats and cyberattacks are on the increase, and so is the extent of the financial loss. 

Yet, when the Internet was first invented, security was not a concern for the inventors. In fact, the Internet was originally designed for use by a closed circle of (mainly) academics. Communication among its users was open.

Cybersecurity came into sharper focus with the Internet expansion beyond the circle of the Internet pioneers. The Internet reiterated the old truism that technology can be both enabling and threatening. What can be used to the advantage of society can also be used to its disadvantage.

Children’s use of the Internet and mobile technology is increasing, and for many children worldwide there is no clear distinction between the online and offline world. Access to the Internet presents many opportunities for their education, personal development, self-expression, and interaction with others.

 

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